Homemade Painting Stand
If you’re in a jam and can’t make it to the hardware store to pick up a set of Painter’s Pyramids, use this trick from Club member Jim Willis of Germantown, Tennessee, to create your own emergency versions. Drive a screw through a 2-in. square scrap of wood to create the support – just make sure to countersink the screwhead so the block sits level.
If you need to repair rot damage on your home’s decorative exterior woodwork or moldings, try this trick from Club member Joe Provy of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Mix two-part liquid epoxy according to the manufacturer’s directions. Brush some of the epoxy onto the surfaces to be patched; then mix wood flour or sawdust into the remaining epoxy solution until it reaches the consistency of peanut butter. Apply the paste to the area that has rotted away with a putty knife, shaping the patch as well as you can. After a couple of hours, it will have cured enough for you to continue shaping. Once dry, the patch can be routed, chiseled, sanded, sawn or drilled as necessary.
Small-Batch Mortar Mixing
When Club member Chris Umbel of Friendsville, Maryland, had a small tiling repair to make, he didn’t want to mix up a large batch of thinset mortar only to see most of it go to waste. His solution was to use a small bucket and a whisk. He cut the loop off of the handle and chucked the whisk into his cordless drill so he could use it to mix the dry mortar powder and water.